"An Evening With Naomi Tutu" (46.5 minutes)
Naomi Tutu, daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, spoke in Sacramento in March at an event recorded by Media Edge. Tutu was educated in Swaziland, the US and England, and has divided her adult life between South Africa and the US. She has served as a development consultant in West Africa and a program coordinator for programs on Race and Gender and Gender-Based Violence in Education at the African Gender Institute at the University of Cape Town. She has also taught at the Universities of Hartford and Connecticut and Brevard College. The challenges of growing black and female in apartheid South Africa has led to her present avocation as an activist for human rights. Those experiences taught how much we all lose when any of us is judged purely on physical attributes. During her Sacramento appearance, she blended her passion for human dignity with humor and personal stories.
"Peak Moment" (27 minutes)
"We’re a conduit and a packager of important cutting edge material that people need to do the work that they’re engaged in." Judith Plant and the New Society Publishers team are social change agents bringing emerging ideas and authors to the forefront. They converse about the need for women’s voices in social change; rootedness in place, and how their boots-on-the-ground, solution-oriented books are antidotes to fear. They deliberately go out to talk to their readers. Hearing what they want, then search for authors to address topics readers are asking for.
"Sleepless in Gaza...and Jerusalem" (26 minutes)
Day 59: The Samaritan's Passover "is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, for He passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when He struck the Egyptians but spared our houses," a Samaritan explains. Lambs will be sacrificed and roasted in the pits on Mount Gerizim. The sheep must be healthy and of a year in age and of the best. Samaritan youths wear special attire for this task. Their clothing is entirely of white: a white gown, white trousers, and a white girdle. Why? The altar is in a long ditch, not too deep, built of plain stone. Two hours before the sacrifice a fire is kindled beneath the pots. Within this oven they place wood and straw and light it. And then the sheep are rapidly stretched out upon the altar and slaughtered. They then take some of the blood of the sacrifices and smear it on the lintels of their dwellings and the brows of their children, the sheep are then placed on sharp-edged wooden poles which pierce them lengthwise,nand then carried by the youths to the oven, which is by now red-hot. Who can and cannot eat of the meat and what are the rules and regulations according to Samaritan traditions? This Special Edition is dedicated to this event.
"Omar Is My Friend" (15 minutes)
A student at Baghdad University works as a taxi driver to support his wife and four daughters. As he negotiates his clapped out taxi around checkpoints, tanks and traffic jams, he talks about work, lack of petrol, electricity, having daughters in a male-dominated society, his personal aspirations and those of his society.
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